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Should Boys Shoulder the Burden, Too?

A weekend New York Times article is still on my mind. It alerted readers to the possibility of Gardasil — the much talked about HPV vaccine for the prevention of cervical cancer — being administered to young boys as further protection for females. It's widely known that men can carry the virus without any knowledge of it, leading to easy and inadvertent exposure to their partners. According to the article:

By 2009, the vaccine could be approved for boys as well. Although Gardasil also protects against genital warts, which are not life threatening, the primary reason to extend approval to boys would be to slow the rates of cervical cancer. Public health folks charmlessly call this “herd immunity.”

While I have my own reservations about newly released vaccines and drugs, I find the idea of boys taking responsibility for sexually related concerns refreshing. What are your thoughts? Do you think boys should shoulder the burden, too?

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Jay52 Jay52 8 years
Everything is not always about you women :P. HPV can also cause penile, anal, and rectal cancer. I think it sucks that because the company only did the tests on females and is only now doing them on males that insurance companies dont cover us taking the vaccine at all yet.
thelorax thelorax 8 years
Absolutely men should share in being sexually responsible! Women shoulder the burden of having a uterus, for crying out loud, which equates to hormonal fluctuations that bring acne, uncontrollable emotions (both of which WE are blamed for), monthly BLEEDING (yuck!), cramps, oh not to mention PREGNANCY and CHILDBIRTH! Men get off so easy and they don't even REALIZE what we go through. We subject ourselves to elevated risks of dangerous blood clots, strokes, cancer, etc. to be on the pill, we put ourselves in stirrups and get poked and prodded with cold metal every year to make sure that we're healthy enough for our men...basically, society relies on US to be the responsible party and totally lets men off the hook. I want them on that hook too!!! This would be NOTHING compared to what women have to put up with already, and it would contribute to keeping everyone safe and healthy.
fashionhore fashionhore 8 years
First off, the picture almost made me sick, ha! On to the question at hand. I think it would be great for men to have to become vaccinated for stds as well as women. Men should be more careful simply because they don't show symptoms with several stds. Something like this could prevent a lot of movement from stds.
Merlin713 Merlin713 8 years
Dang it. I forgot to say that I think the men should get this. But, going off of what I said, I think they should think about it before they do it!
Merlin713 Merlin713 8 years
I agree with those of you who have said you will not get it. I don't want to get a vaccine that hasn't been tested long enough. I have other things going on with my body as it is, and not knowing how my body will react makes me say no thanks.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
ITA with kaenai I think that, yes, men should bare the burden too. But *I* am not getting this vaccine when it has just came out. We don't know what will happen 5, 10, 15 years down the road. We don't know if this could ultimately cause another cancer while preventing one. It is too new on the market for me to take!
imLissy imLissy 8 years
of course they should! It can make them sick too and just because it's only life threatening to women, doesn't mean they should be the only ones to get it. Yes, it's expensive, but if girls are forced to get it, it's only fair boys are too. I got it when it first came out. My mom made me even though I already had sex with my boyfriend and plan to never have sex with anyone else, but you never know. I can blame her in 20 years when they find out it causes some weird mental disease or something :P
Marci Marci 8 years
I saw that article in the New York Times, and while it IS refreshing to address the male's participation in any and all sexual issues, i.e. HPV, STDs, pregnancies, I have my reservations about the whole Gardasil campaign because this whole first generation of girls being given it are the guinea pigs for a drug, and their first round of real-life testing. My sister has all kinds of physical issues/deformities as a result of drugs they gave my Mom before she got pregnant with her that were considered 'revolutionary' at the time.
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 8 years
Yes.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Kanai--can you be more specific about "taking care of your body?" Do you mean like...eating fruit would stop the spread of HPV? Interesting... I think this is a great idea, but won't catch on. Why would men shed out $400 so women don't get cancer?
Bookish Bookish 8 years
Provided the vaccination shows itself to be safe, then yes. Men should be as responsible for sexual health as women.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
i didnt get the vaccination bc its so new and i'm paranoid... but i am getting tested this friday... 1st time....but I think its a great idea for boys to get the shot too...I just wanna see if there are any real side effects from this gardasil... so i'll wait for the 5 year study.. haha...
kayleigh83 kayleigh83 8 years
absolutely, 100% yes.
kaenai kaenai 8 years
*ahem* (I hit 'post' too soon.) Having said that, I think males taking responsibility for the health of their partners (as well as their own health) is a good thing.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 8 years
Definitely.
kaenai kaenai 8 years
I'm not getting it anyway. It didn't pass clinical trials in the form it was supposed to be in, and they had to release it as a different kind of medicine to make their money back. That is too shady to me to trust. Sorry, ladies, I'm gonna be one less, but I'll do it the natural way; by taking care of my body, and not injecting it with things that don't even pass muster for the people who made it.
Ashlyn-Rose Ashlyn-Rose 8 years
I got the shots (it's 3 shots total). It's expensive but my insurance covered it, so everyone should check w/ their providers about that. And boys should totally be getting a version of this shot too if it becomes available for them.
Emiily Emiily 8 years
i wish i would have got this shot when i was younger, 13? because i have hpv now, and for life.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Yep!
CoMMember13630786602261 CoMMember13630786602261 8 years
Im out of it..that supposed to say *surface*
CoMMember13630786602261 CoMMember13630786602261 8 years
absolutely. Only vaccinating women doesnt even begin to scratch the service of how widespread this thing is...
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I saw a study somewhere that there is a connection between herpes and throat cancer, which men can get as well. If that's the case then it certain makes sense to vaccinate men as well.
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